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Richard Daniel Auger

March 9, 93, GoldsboroRichard Daniel (Dick) Auger died Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 in Raleigh at Rex Rehab and Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut Street, in Goldsboro. The family will receive visitors in the church immediately following the service. Interment will be beside his wife Margaret in Whiteville, NC at a later date.

Dick was born in Bolton, NC on May 1, 1919, the son of Arthur M. and Zillah Jones Auger. He spent most of his childhood in Whiteville, and graduated from Whiteville High School in 1936. He had one older brother, the late Milford Auger of Burlington.

Dick had the great good fortune to marry his wife, Dora Margaret Cooper Auger, who he met during his Army training in the mountains of West Virginia. She loved her children above all else and was a wonderful mother. Three children, Sandra Pittman of Greensboro, Scott Auger of Cary, and Rene Edwards of Smithfield survive. They also have six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Dick graduated from Louisburg Junior College in 1940, where he was a champion boxer, sang in the school chorus and played trumpet in a swing band. After graduation, he worked for a short time as a clerk at Camp Davis in eastern NC. He then entered the Army at the start of World War II and soon advanced to the rank of Captain. In 1944, he joined the fight in Europe just 20 days after the Normandy invasion, in command of a transportation company delivering fuel to support Patton’s Red Ball Express. He served in Europe until the end of the war in 1945.

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